A long overdue trip to the optometrist resulting in a fresh set of glasses with an updated prescription has got me all fired up to read more books from my personal library. No better way to do this than grab a bunch of books off the shelves and stack ’em in my living room. By putting them all in one place I’m hoping it will focus my attention on this batch of books and not the ten million other things I’m currently trying to read. It’s also allowed me to grab one or two of these books and stick ’em in my backpack before I head out to the coffee shop or city park to do some reading.
- Legends of Our Time by Elie Wiesel – Hopefully, one of his many books I’m going to feature as part of my planned Elie Wiesel retrospective.
- Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder – Been in my personal library for years. Since Gaarder is from Norway this novel counts as part of Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge.
- Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh – Probably the only book I won as a giveaway. Three pages in and I can already tell it’s gonna be good.
- The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived The Holocaust by
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – Grabbed this one at a church book sale. Can’t wait to see if it lives up to all the hype.
- The Trial of Socrates by I.F. Stone – Another book that’s been in my personal library for years. Since Socrates taught in Ancient Greece I’m thinking about applying this one towards Rose City Readers’s European Reading Challenge.
- The Goodly Fellowship of the Prophets; Studies, Historical, Religious, and Expository of the Hebrew Prophets by John Paterson – A few years ago the local religious college down the road had a book sale so I grabbed a handful of old books. This one is one of those books and it’s over 70 years old.
- An Introduction to the New Testament by Adam W. Miller – I grabbed this book at another book sale at the same college. It too is over 70 years old.
- The Evolution of God by Robert Wright – I’ve been itching to read this one forever. It’s supposed to be outstanding.
As you can see, this tower I’ve erected is a hodge-podge of books. Three are novels, with philosophy central to one of them. Speaking of philosophy, The Trial of Socrates as the title would lead us to believe also deals with that subject. Religion is the central focus of three of the books, two of which were published over 70 years ago. The memoir, while not 70 years old, recalls life during that era. Lastly, Wiesel’s essay collection is old as well, published back in 1968. With all that in mind it looks like I’ve assembled a promising tower of books.